Which Mouse?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by badman89, Jan 21, 2012.

  1. badman89 macrumors regular

    Dec 24, 2011
    What mouse do you use with your Mac Book Air? I'm looking to buy a mouse and want some suggestions. Magic Mouse is the obvious choice and I already know about that, but I'm not sold on it, so I guess this is a thread for Magic Mouse alternatives.

    I really like the concept of Microsoft's Arc Touch Mouse. It's easily the most portable mouse I've ever seen because it becomes completely flat when you straighten it. Unfortunately, there are two things wrong with this mouse:

    1. It doesn't support mac by default (although many users have gotten it to work)
    2. It doesn't interact with the laptop's bluetooth but requires a separate bluetooth USB chip.
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I'm partial to the Magic Mouse myself. There are more ergonomic mice on the market but all in all, I've been very pleased with this mouse
  3. Risasi macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2011
    For my laptops I no longer use a mouse unless I am playing a game the requires it. But when I do, it's generally a cheap wireless Logitech mouse. Even when I used my Thinkpad and Dell Latitude I preferred the trackpoint.
  4. TheJing macrumors 6502a


    Jun 13, 2011
    Somewhere in Europe
    The Magic Mouse won't take up much more space than the Arc when it´s folded. I personally had both and I prefer the Magic Mouse by far.

    But f you don´t, and you don't care about the gestures on it then you could just get any other mouse. There are probably some very cheap basic ones out there that will work fine.
  5. jj48 macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2011
    I'm a magic mouse user, but to be honest I'm not a huge fan. I find it a little heavy because of the batteries and it took a while to get used to the feel of it. I primarily use a trackpad these days instead.
  6. 2IS macrumors 68030

    Jan 9, 2011
    I have a magic mouse and it's BY FAR the worst mouse I've ever laid my palm on. Go with a Logitech.
  7. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2011
    I got a logitech M305, I got it after many users recommended logitech.
    It is great. :)
    I use it on my macbook air.
  8. imswimmin, Jan 21, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2012

    imswimmin macrumors regular

    Apr 6, 2011
    I've got a Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX. It's served me well, and hasn't given me any issues. My favorite part about it is the free scrolling wheel, that allows me to scroll through things really really quickly. (Clicking the wheel, does return its functionality back to normal.)
  9. KylePowers, Jan 21, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2012

    KylePowers macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
    I'm a huge fan of the Logitech MX Performance mouse... it's always been the most ergonomic mouse I've come across. I've purchased two of them (well technically, I owned the original MX Revolution first, but it has since been replaced by this very similar version)

    I do, however, use the magic mouse on my iMac, mainly for the gestures and the matching of the setup aesthetically.


    *It does require a USB RF adapter... there might be a bluetooth version though, not too sure.
  10. kamuix macrumors regular


    Feb 9, 2011
    i used to use a magic mouse, but i got cheap with batteries. i'm currently using a razer naga. it has mac osx drivers with macros that work. i just use them for keyboard shortcuts.
  11. hayden1250 macrumors member


    Oct 3, 2011
    Auckland, New Zealand
  12. lc25 macrumors 6502

    Jul 31, 2009
    Has to be the magic mouse they are just so good
  13. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    I am a big fan of my Logitech G500. Got it fairly cheap, and it has a great wheel is very accurate and configuration for two OS works great.
    Most of the time I just use the touchpad and if not I like the speed and accuracy of a mouse, thus I couldn't stand a Magic Mouse and similar nonsense.
  14. bigeasy_uk macrumors 6502

    Sep 8, 2005
    Leamington Spa, England
    I don't use a mouse with my Air, but on my desktop I use a Logitech MX air, it works really well and when you pick it up it works a bit like a wiimote. It looks great too and it's not too big.
  15. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    I hate USB dongles hanging off the side of my MacBook, I use a Razer Orochi Bluetooth mouse.

    I've had it since SL, but I've still got a Magic Mouse and Lion really does support the Magic Mouse very well.
  16. gentlefury macrumors 68030

    Jul 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    Sadly the WiFi with bluetooth issue makes me use a dongle mouse thats always plugged in....new Logitech dongles are tiny and barely noticeable. Just wish they were 2 way and didn't make you take up a USB port....how hard would it be to put a female plug on the other end?
  17. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    How hard would it be for mouse manufactures to offer Bluetooth mice.
  18. gentlefury macrumors 68030

    Jul 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    Again, I had a Magic Mouse, which is a great bluetooth mouse (sucks for gaming tho!) and the bluetooth wifi issue made it really annoying to use.

    If you don't know the issue I'm referring to, its that if you are using bluetooth and put the MBA to sleep it will forget your wifi connection and say it is not connected to the internet and make you manually select your connection every time you start up. It was really annoying and turning off BT stopped it from happening.
  19. 2IS macrumors 68030

    Jan 9, 2011
    Pretty darn impossible if they're to keep that super low profile you were praising in the middle of your post.
  20. eXan macrumors 601


    Jan 10, 2005
    Someone I know uses Air with magic mouse and it never happened =/

    On topic: I use Razer mice, am a fan of the basic Abyssus
  21. BENJMNS macrumors 6502


    Dec 28, 2005
    the apple mouse just don't track as fast as the microsoft ones. that's the only downside.
  22. Big D 51 macrumors 6502a

    Big D 51

    Jan 15, 2011
    Mobile, AL
  23. Hellishness macrumors 65816


    Jan 27, 2010
    Bay Area, CA
    Why not use the trackpad? It's my favorite part of my air. I have that Arc mouse laying around...works fine on my mac (well only used it on my old blackbook), it's...crappy. Doesn't feel all that great in your hand, scrolling is choppy and dumb, only two buttons, no gestures and stuff...
  24. MickeyVee macrumors member


    Jun 28, 2009
    I bought the ArcTouch mouse to use with my Windows7 laptop. There is no comparison, the MagicMouse blows it away. First of all, the only touch sensitive part on the Arc is the silver part. I'm so used to the MagicMouse touch anywhere that I miss the silver part on the Arc much of the time and have to take a look at the mouse.

    - the Arc is not bluetooth, it's some sort of RF
    - the Arc works flawlessly with the Mac, you just have to download the Microsoft driver
    - it's no more portable than the MagicMouse and I'm afraid of losing the dongle since it latches on magnetically, not in a secure slot. It's only about 2mm shallower folded and about 1.5cm longer

    I ended up buying a dedicated MagicMouse for my MBA (mainly use it with Lightroom & Photoshop). I wish that I could use the MagicMouse on my Windows machine :)

    Hope this helps.

  25. 2IS macrumors 68030

    Jan 9, 2011
    Cant agree with the above. Magic Mouse has the worst tracking and close to the most uncomfortable mouse I've ever used. Yeah the touch sensitive scrolling has a cool factor but not any more useful than a scroll wheel, less so actually since it lacks tactile feel. It's just crap.

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